What You Don't See, You Get

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Bonnie, Oct 12, 2004.

  1. Bonnie

    Bonnie Senior Member

    Jun 30, 2004
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    Try listening on the radio to the final presidential debate for a different perspective. then read the transcript. Only after that, watch a rerun on television. That's what I did for the second debate between Sen. John Kerry and President George W. Bush. My impression was starkly different from what it would have been had I only watched TV.

    Listening and reading summon different senses. These focus more on the content of the answers than on appearance and debating sytles, neither of which has naything to do with policy.

    My impression from radio and the transcript was that President Bush was much more credible and substantive the Sen. Kerry. A gallup poll found the same reaction among 515 registered voters it surveyed, even though most of these people probably watched the debate on TV. Before the debate, these voters favored Kerry on Iraq by a 50% to 46% margin. After the debate, there was a significant switch in th president's favor, with 53% supporting Bush and 46% supporting Kerry.

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